ECW was such a crazy underground thing in the history of professional wrestling that urban legends often pop up that are just as outrageous as the moments that did happen.
Recently, Craig Carton from WFAN out of New York talked on his Carton & Roberts radio show and gave a piece of ECW lore for fans, alleging he was offered the chance to be “Joey Styles” while he worked in radio in the Philadelphia market.
“I was once offered a job in wrestling when I worked in Philly. I don’t even know the name of the company. It was in the mid 90s. I was going to be Joey Styles.”
“I was on the WIP Radio in Philadelphia, someone came to me from ECW and said, ‘we’d love you to be our ringside announcer, and you’re gonna go by the name Joey Styles.’ My schedule didn’t allow it or something. I don’t remember being against it, because I wasn’t making much money. I don’t remember why I didn’t take up the job. But I was going to be Joey Styles, I’ll never forget the name because it was such a cool name.”
The story eventually made its way to Paul Heyman and he quickly refuted that, saying no one else was ever going to be Joey Styles. While they needed a replacement in 1994, and there were considerations, none of them were going to take Joey’s name.
Sometimes truth is stranger is fiction. And other times fiction is as strange as you think it normally is. This is one of those times.
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